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• In 1500’s England they started running out of places to bury people. There was a real humdinger of a plague kicking and folks were dropping like flies. There were so many cats dying, in fact, that they had to dig up coffins and reuse the graves. When reopening these coffins, one out of 25 were found to have scratch marks on the inside. They realized they had been burying people alive. Here’s the real kicker… To avoid doing this to anyone else, a string was tied on the wrist of the stiff. It led out of the coffin, up through the ground and was tied to a bell. Some poor schmuck had to sit out in the graveyard all night (hence the term graveyard shift) to listen for the bell to ring-a-ding-ding. Consequently, someone could be saved by the bell.

• The children’s song “Ring around the Rosy” originated in medieval Europe during the time of the Black Plague. It’s true – “ring around the rosy” refers to dark rings that appeared on the skin of infected people. “Pocket full of posies” refers to the belief that if rose petals were carried in one’s pocket they would not be infected. “Ashes to ashes” refers to the burning of the corpses. And of course, we all fall down meant that everyone infected went to the big casino in the sky.

• The word ’fuck’ is used 105 times in Patrick Swayze’s classic police-drama Point Break.

• A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

• The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer.

• In Minnesota, it is illegal to cross state lines with duck on your head.

• It is illegal to walk down a street in Maine with your shoelaces untied.

• The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the American Pie (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

• If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle;  if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

• Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”

LNFs on this day in history…

• In 1884 the Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London.

• In 1944 the D-Day invasion of Europe took place on the beaches of Normandy, France. 400,000 Allied American, British and Canadian troops were involved.

• In 1946 the Basketball Association of America was formed in New York City, NY

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.

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